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JustPlainCarpe
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How to restore a previous version of a flow

I have written a flow that worked, then was modified to add additional functionality, then doesn't work. Trying to revert to the way it was when it worked hasn't worked. The flow will take an unreasonable amount of time to re-write. 

 

Is there a way to access previous versions of a flow (restore a flow to version 1 from version 34, etc...)?

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efialttes
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@JustPlainCarpe 

Did you export the version of the flow you want to restore before modifying it?

https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/import-export-bap-packages/

 

If so, you can import it again

Hope this helps

 



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No. I don't export a flow after every change I make because some are very minor. My challenge is that some changes that seem benign corrupt the entire flow and it is impossible to recover without version history.

@JustPlainCarpe 

I see your point, I also experienced similar problems with complex flows, and it is really frustrating when you find no way but building them again from scratch... the only way I found to avoid is was to export flows everytime I made a change, even if it was minor, and keep a manual record of each change introduced... a procedure that I must confess it is the opposite to automation.

Sorry I cannot help, let's hope somebody else can describe any other feasible way to get back your flow!



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Hi @JustPlainCarpe ,

 

Currently, Flow does not have such a feature. If you want such a feature to be supported by MS Flow, please try to submit your suggestion in the idea forums. I believe this is a feature worth looking forward to.

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Flow-Ideas/idb-p/FlowIdeas

 

In addition, I think that the method provided by @efialttes is also worth considering. It is used to export the configuration of the Flow completed in different time periods, so that the previous version can be used according to the date or other records.

 

Another way you might use is to use Save as to generate a copy, also do some record. If you need to use it, you could edit it directly on the basis of the copy.

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Hope it helps.

 

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Not trying to be rude, but honestly that's a horrible idea.   Now you have to have storage and a place to put all the flows you export, plus a folder structure etc.  Documentation in case anyone takes over from you.

 

Versioning like Microsoft has in everything else it does is the best idea.



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knoblar2
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I have not found a way to restore it, but you can go back through the previous run history and reapply steps from that

I don't see that anyone has actually suggested this as an idea and we are running into this problem too. So here's an idea post:

https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Power-Automate-Ideas/Power-Automate-Flow-Version-History/idi-p/7...

 

there is still no such feature in November 2021. So sad.

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Pushpaindu
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Steps:

 

1) Export the current flow
https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/import-export-bap-packages/

 

2) Click on my flows -> select your flow -> click on edit -> then press undo till your previous flow setup

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